The hamlet of Solomeo is home to places that represent special stages in a journey through history, culture, art, nature and landscapes.
From the Castle to the Cucinelli Theatre, from the Church of San Bartolomeo to the Forum of the Arts, from the Amphitheatre to the Philosophers' Garden to the Aurelian Neohumanistic Academy: each place is the perfect expression of the role it plays, reflecting its unique personality.
The Church of San Bartolomeo is one of the oldest presences in the hamlet. A fascinating living testimony of the religious history of the place, this building stands in the heart of Solomeo and, thanks to its elevated position, embraces the entire valley with its gaze.
Founded in the 12th century, the church was rebuilt in the 1700s and, finally, enlarged during the 19th century.
The interior holds rich decorations and a precious 18th-century organ, the Gonfaloncino (banner) depicting the Virgin and Child between Ss Monica and Bartholomew, and an eighteenth-century wooden Crucifixion.
Over the last decade, restoration and consolidation works have brought to light the original late nineteenth-century façade in simple stone characterized by a central terracotta rose window.
Designed in 2001, the Forum of the Arts has the physiognomy of a humanistic citadel and appears as a constellation of spaces and architectures, like the theatre that forms part of it, dedicated to secular culture.
In addition to the theatre itself, this area is home to the Amphitheatre, the Philosophers’ Garden and the Neohumanistic Aurelian Academy.
Taking its inspiration from the role it once used to play, the Forum is an open space, surrounded by buildings on a human scale interspersed with a harmonious natural itinerary, passing grape pergolas, fountains and fragrant rose gardens like words in poetic speech about architecture and landscapes.
With its characteristic, classically-inspired oval design, the Amphitheatre area is surrounded by a hilly wooded landscape and extends to the entrance to the Cucinelli Theatre.
The architecture has been designed to create a space that is the summer version of the theatre, mirroring it in terms of design. During the summer, this is where Villa Solomei Festival concerts and the “Settima Arte” film festival are held.
Located in the lower part of the Forum of the Arts, almost as if to welcome all visitors, the Philosophers’ Garden, a model Italian-style garden, represents an intimate, contemplative space, overlooking the green valley that stretches between Solomeo and San Mariano.
Characterized by the presence of green terraces, evergreen flower beds, flowering plants, shrubs and trees typical of Mediterranean scrub, the Garden is dedicated to the poetic contemplation of nature and is a place open to all. An invitation to stop, reflect and admire the view and the surrounding landscapes.
The Aurelian Neohumanistic Academy is housed in a distinctive Renaissance-style building, which is also home to the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation, created by the family for the promotion and care of human values.
In this bright, inspired environment, where symposia of art and culture and even social gatherings are held, we can also find the Aurelian Neohumanistic Library, especially dedicated to the Theatre.
Here, among ancient and modern books, unpublished editions and valuable volumes, we find the works of the greatest thinkers of the past, from Plato to Kant, via Marcus Aurelius, Pico della Mirandola and Giordano Bruno.
The collection also includes numerous texts by contemporary international philosophers, as well as classical authors of Western and oriental literature.
Like all the places that are part of the Forum of the Arts, the library is also a space open to all, devoted to the promotion of culture in all its forms.